Louis Futon

North Hollywood, USA

Bottom of the Ocean


Behind the Music

From the get-go, the first chapter of The Outlaw Ocean put into perspective how extreme and unforgiving life on the water can be. When I read about the chase between the Bob Barker and the Thunder, I couldn’t believe the lengths some ships go to in order to evade law enforcement. This book opened my eyes to another world and I wanted to convey that feeling with these songs.

The first song takes you through a droney, ambient journey. I wanted to make it sound like the bottom of the ocean. The vibe is dark and deep as it progressively moves to the surface and abruptly takes you up on the deck of the ship where fishermen are luring nets in unison. I tried to capture the intensity of this activity by adding some really heavy bass. Ultimately, the song moves towards what I felt was like a battle between the ocean and the people who are destroying it. In the end, when all the craziness settles and all that’s left are the waves, you begin to really hear the pureness and beauty of the sea.

Louis Futon
About Louis Futon

Originally a bedroom producer from Philadelphia, Louis Futon has made a name for himself as an established artist/producer as well as a talented live performer. Known for his weavings of hip-hop, rhythm, blues and soul styles into his fresh sounding works, the now LA-based artist has garnered over 120 million streams across his singles and remixes, as well as another 10 million from unofficial flips of popular mainstream tracks. Having toured North America with two mostly sold out headlining tours as well as performing at key festivals such as Coachella, CRSSD, Made In America and more, Futon is no stranger to taking his music to big stages. Futon has joined fellow electronic artists ODESZA, GRiZ, and Louis The Child on the road, providing support with his popular multi-act live show. 2019 was a massive year for Louis Futon with the release of his debut album “Way Back When,” which sees Futon bring his diverse production talents to a whole new level, with tracks featuring buzzing artists like NoMBe, DUCKWRTH, Ashe, RKCB and more.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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